One of the brilliant things about flickr is that it has an open API, so lots of talented programmers keep coming up with wonderful applications like this (if you are confused just type a word like bridge or portrait into the tag box) or this or this or this or this.
Back in January I posted on Ayn Rand and her book The Fountainhead - finding it pretty repellant and badly written. I've since come across this amazing - and appalling - description by Murray Rothbard of the extraordinary cultism around Rand when she still lived.
The all-encompassing nature of the Randian line may be illustrated by an incident that occurred to a friend of mine who once asked a leading
Randian if he disagreed with the movement’s position on any conceivable
subject. After several minutes of hard thought, the Randian replied: "Well, I can’t quite understand their position on smoking." Astonished that the Rand cult had any position on smoking, my friend pressed on: "They have a position on smoking? What is it?" The Randian replied that smoking, according to the cult, was a moral obligation.
In a - sort of - way this follows on from the previous post. Looks like it will be a fascinating site to monitor. I discovered it via flickr, where it was described as a 'Flickr for DIY', which seems apposite, although I think it has the potential to be much more.
An excellent wiki on this theme here. I may be missing something, but this is the first time I have come across a Wiki for this sort of broader public use. Up to now what I have seen has been a conventional web site (eg Project for Public Spaces) or a blog (eg Neighbourhoods).